The Australian CamperTrailers
Group's 15th national meet was held in the Bonalbo Showground over
the week from Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October 2019. Bonalbo is
located on the Clarence Way, off the Bruxner Highway between
Tenterfield on the New England Highway in the Great Dividing Range &
Ballina on the Pacific Highway along the coast.
The week attracted one-hundred &
eighty people in eighty-eight camper
trailers, caravans, motorhomes, slide-ons & tents from around Australia. It was great to see such a diverse group of people attending
from young couples, families, retirees to grandparents with
their grandkids, all enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people.
Gates to the showground opened on Friday morning & saw around half those
attending arrive during the course of the day. The weather saw warm days & cool
evenings, although the temperature did dip down to single figures early on
several mornings. A big thanks to
the Bonalbo Showground for supplying the much needed firewood to
keep everyone warm during the cool evenings.
The Monday morning
opening started the weeks activities. Kevin Phillips welcomed members & went on to
tell of the groups Yahoo beginnings in September 2001 & how the group has
grown to the present day owing to the popularity of camper trailers. The campertrailers.org
website has three medias for members to exchange tips,
tricks & travel information, namely the long running Yahoo Group, a Forum
& a Facebook
Showground president Dave Whitney welcomed the Australian CamperTrailers Group
to Bonalbo & wished all a
pleasant visit to the region.
Rob Sanderson described the events
& workshops over the week hosted by members
& invited guests on
a variety of subjects relating to camper trailers & camping in general.
Jason Cox outlined the showground
housekeeping over the week.
While the group was gathered member Greg Conlon spoke about the
involvement he & wife Kerry had with Blaze Aid & how others could get
information to help those effected by the recent bushfires in the region.
Joy and Dave Wilkinson
finished the opening by hosting a
'Getting to Know You' with members
attending their first national meet introducing themselves.
The Australian CamperTrailers Groups 15th national meet was then
declared officially open. Members were invited into the pavilion for
tea or coffee.